It's Not Far to the Fire Museum
Get to know the storied history of the legendary New York City Fire Department, just one block away from your Soho hotel. From the wild 'Gangs of New York' early days, to the foundation of the city's professional fire department in 1865, and up to the modern era, there are exhibitions not only on the evolving equipment and lineage of people, but also the "romance of firefighting" in a dense city that used to be a tinderbox, and the central place of the fire department in the city's cultural development. Here, too, you can see fire trucks that were once hand-drawn, horse-drawn, or steam powered, from the archaic to the cutting edge. There is a permanent memorial here for the firefighters who died on 9/11. Right over at 278 Spring Street (behind Hotel Hugo), the Fire Museum is open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm.
Address: 278 Spring Street, New York, NY